S.M. asks from El Paso, TX on August 25, 2009
Flying with a 7 Wk Old
Hey moms..My husband is going to be training for Iraq for 30 days so during that time I will be flying home to Indiana. With a 7 week old. Hes a really good baby-rarely cries-very easy to manage. My question is-what are some things I would need for the month besides the obvious? I have been so scatter-brained lately-I dont want to forget something and have to buy it later. Note: my family already has a pack n play, car seat, stroller, and swing there-so I wont need any of that. (Thank GOD!) Plus any traveltips would help. Thanks!
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J.C. answers from Austin on August 25, 2009
C.W. answers from Waco on August 26, 2009
Bless you and your hubby.
I would take as little as possible ....travel lightly to make your trip with baby easier. If family already has the big items you are so lucky. Diapers, formula, most all things you can get when you get to your destination.
One thing I might suggest is that you pack up a box with all babies clothes, shoes, blankets etc- and send UPS- that way, when you arrive all yours and babies stuff will be there- also, pack your clothes and shoes as well with the shipping package. UPS is very reasonable and a lot cheaper than luggage on a plane- and a lot easier on you.
Good luck and blessings
M.G. answers from Austin on August 26, 2009
What about the 8 week check-up to get shots......I'm not sure I would fly anywhere before getting those shots. Too much out there to be exposed too.
J.N. answers from Houston on August 26, 2009
I flew with my first born from ny to tx when she was 2 weeks old and flew back when she was 5 weeks old. The only issue is when your ears pop. As for that, nurse or give a bottle. The swallowing effect with help with the ears. My daughter didn't fuss at all, everyone on the plane was surprised and happy of course. Good luck and god bless!
L.G. answers from Houston on August 26, 2009
Ditto the advice on sucking during take off and landing to "pop" the ears. Use a pacifier if the baby doesn't want the bottle/breast.
Although you want to pack light, prepare for the unexpected. There can be lengthy delays on the runway. So even if your flight is 3 hours, you could be waiting for takeoff or have some sort of delay. You hear of those "nightmare" stories of people trapped on a plane b/c of weather or some unforeseen reason.
Pack yourself a change of clothes---my dd peed all over my husbands pants during her nap and we didn't bring him any other clothes. Ughh.
Although it is nearly impossible to fly on a plane that is not completely sold out these days----Right before I board, I always ask at the gate if I can be seated next to an unoccupied seat. That way, I have elbow room and can access my diaper bag without trying to reach between my legs. That was the toughest thing for me---trying to get a bottle or pacifier out of my diaper bag with the baby on my lap.
Also, ditto the advice on peeing before you board. Don't be dehydrated but you don't want to have to take the baby to the bathroom on the plane so you can pee. And I believe there is a rule with airline personnel that they cannot hold your baby if you need assistance. I asked a pilot one time to hold mine while I collapsed her stroller so I could board the plane and he kindly denied me b/c of regulations.
So, don't expect help from the flight attendants.
Try to book an aisle seat. I used to think being at a window would give me that "wall" to lean upon but after 9 years of traveling with kids, the aisle is the best--you can put your diaper bag in it (for a MINUTE) if you need to dig around in there.
You probaby know this but you will use your stroller all the way until you board the plane. They have made me collapse it myself with an infant in my arm. Ask for help, might need a stranger to hold the baby for a minute.
OH--and when you check in your car seat with your luggage, ask the airline to please bag it in a plastic bag.
One time I went to pick up my luggage and my car seat had been sitting in the RAIN while it was being unloaded off the plane and it was soaking wet for the drive home (had blankets for it but still).
C.B. answers from Austin on August 26, 2009
If you have a seat for the baby or can get an empty next to you, you can use your car seat. We lived in France and flew back and forth a lot with 2 babies. Car seats make the baby AND you much more comfortable. It there is no seat they can gate check it for you. Also, if baby is in his seat, you can ask the flight attendant to just watch (not hold) him when you have to make a potty stop. The importance of something to suck on during takeoff and landing cannot be over emphasized. Good luck. Your trip should go very well!
A.B. answers from San Antonio on August 26, 2009
If you have a sling or harness i'd suggest using that rather than just holding the baby, frees up your hands to handle luggage. If you don't have either of those or don't like using them, airlines will let you bring the small umbrella strollers and those are gate checked for free just before you board. Also, I don't know where you're headed from but you should bring along his shot records and most recent well baby, if he needs to be seen at a VA they'll need those things along with his insurance info, they're better to have on hand rather than having to request them.If you're preparing for a deployment, you probably already have all of your powers of attorney, you may not need them but they're always good to have on hand just in case. That's all i can think of right now lol, but good luck with your first solo trip with the lil man.
S.F. answers from Austin on August 26, 2009
Not sure what airlines you are using, but I would go to their site and look at the guidelines for infants. I know that there are specific regulations regarding the inspection of breastmilk and how much you can take, etc. I think that they recommend only taking what you need for the flight. Here's a link for American Airlines:
I would also talk to your pediatrician about the effects of the air pressure change on your little one's ears. If he has any problems with his ears, your doctor might be able to give you some advice.
I would also be very careful about making sure that your hands are clean and wiped with a cleansing wipe before you prepare a bottle for your little one or handle anything that might go in his mouth while on the plane. Airplanes are notorious for spreading infections and viruses, so be conscious of this while on the plane. Whatever you do, do NOT use their blankets and/or pillows for you or your little one. They don't clean these between flights, so be sure to bring your own. I wonder if you can get a seat for his carrier? Even if you don't use it, it would keep someone from sitting right next to you on the flight. The extra space might be nice for you and your little one.
Good luck and bless your husband for his service.
K.P. answers from Houston on August 26, 2009
Pack more diapers and wipes than you think you will need for the flight. I would order diapers and wipes online and have them shipped to the place you are staying.
Are you breast feeding or formula? With formula I travels with the premixed liquid bottles. That way I am not trying to mix on the plane. Bring more than you think you will need!! You never know if you will be delayed. As for security pull out the formula, diaper cream, etc and you will be fine.
Can the baby right before you board. If you have to change the baby on the plane do it at your seat!!! Bathrooms on planes are not clean enough for babies.
That reminds me -- pee before you get on the plane!!
You will be amazed at the help you get on the plane. You will get stares but there is usually one person that is willing to help out a new mom.
I flew with my son at 2 months and we made it through. I was breast feeding and would pop in a boob for take off and landing or the pacifier.
I just flew again with my son at 1 year. He drank more than I thought he would but he needed to. It helped with his ears and kept him happy.